October 14, 2010 by staff
Armen Kazarian, There were fifteen people in Glendale and Burbank were arrested Wednesday morning as part of a scheme to defraud major public health – most of who were accused of being associated with a company that made the crime and more than 100 million fake applications for insurance.
Four other residents Glendale – Pogos Satamyan, 31, Andranik Satamyan, 20, Grisha Sayadyan, 59, and Allen Sayadyan, 30 – were arrested in addition to three other residents of Van Nuys, suspected to establish at least eight fraudulent medical clinics in the Los Angeles area and present more than 17 million in false claims to Medicare, according to federal indictments.
The scheme, which the FBI dubbed “Diagnosis dollars,” led to the insurance and payment of 8 million to the defendants involved in the operation of Los Angeles area, officials said. Nationwide, the insurance Health paid more and 35 million for alleged fraudulent claims.
“Obviously, in our city, fraud and identity theft health care are major concerns of public safety that far exceeds the capacity of local resources in order to have the support of the federal government and the State and county to address this issue has been greatly received in Glendale, “Police Chief Ron De Pompa said at a news conference.
Satamyan is also named in a separate indictment in New York that claims he and others involved in health care fraud, racketeering, identity theft, and money laundering and bank fraud.
He and eight other residents Glendale – Armen Kazarian, 46; Davit Mirzoyan, 34; Pogosian Jacob, 35; Karen Simonian, 33; Boyzadzhyan Vartan, 38; Gourgen Mirimanian, 46, Armen Grigoryan, 39, and Anna Termartirosyan, 35, were been appointed in the case of New York.
Burbank resident Karen Markosian, 37, Artur Yepiskoposyan, 31 and Herai Baghoumian, 54, also faces charges related to fraud.
“Because we have arrested many people in the communities of Glendale, Burbank and Van Nuys, I want to be sure we are not too fast any community, city, or an ethnic group that organized crime,” said Bill Lewis The FBI Los Angeles Division of Criminal Special Agent in Charge.
Kazarian is a suspected Vor, which means “thief-in-law,” according to the indictment in New York. The name is given to some members of a group of high-ranking criminals and Russia Armenia, according to the indictment.
Those named in the indictment, including Kazarian, are suspected of being linked to the Armenian-American crime organization known as the Organization-Terdjanian Mirzoyan, who uses threats and violence to earn respect and payments, according to the indictment.
Others connected to the scheme were indicted in Ohio, New Mexico, Georgia and Louisiana.
Those listed in the federal indictment would have created at least 118 clinics in 25 countries and charged more than 100 million in fraudulent claims to Medicare, according to court documents.
They allegedly stole the identities of doctors to bill the bogus claims. Medical treatments have never been performed on patients who have never been seen by doctors, officials said.
The defendants in the indictment in Los Angeles allegedly laundered funds in bank accounts by forging the signature of the account holder. They delivered the checks to an FBI informant, who then cashed and donated money to the defendants, according to the indictment.
“If the perpetrators had the foresight to see today’s event to come, they were dismayed to find that not only are they face charges of jail important, but they will also lose the fruits of their crime “said Leslie DeMarco, special agent in charge of the IRS Criminal Investigation, at a news conference.
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